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CEO Buchko recommending Bombers fire GM Joe Mack

Blue Bombers CEO Garth Buchko has made a recommendation to the team’s board of directors to fire GM Joe Mack.

A member of the board told the Free Press today that the board is scheduled to meet next Tuesday but that an emergency meeting could be convened in the interim.

The board is scheduled to meet next Tuesday but an emergency meeting could be convened in the interim to discuss the future of GM Joe Mack.

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The board is scheduled to meet next Tuesday but an emergency meeting could be convened in the interim to discuss the future of GM Joe Mack.

Mack has led the Bombers to a 21-39 record in his three plus seasons at the helm.

It’s expected the Bombers will promote assistant GM Kyle Walters on an interim basis if the board approves Buchko’s recommendation.

Mack was retained by Buchko at the end of last season but on the same day a vote of confidence was handed out, so too was a new mandate.

"We are in the winning business. The expectation for Joe, Tim (Burke) and myself is to win. We’ll be held accountable for wins and how we play next year," said Buchko. "Next year we have to win. We could line up excuses for this year. But we’re not in the excuse business. We have to be responsible. There are no excuses next year. We have to be accountable to wins."

The Bombers have gone 1-5 to that point and another major sticking point has been the GM’s inability to improve the team’s play at quarterback.

Mack took a pass on veteran Kevin Glenn and prospect Mike Reilly this off-season instead electing to stick with Buck Pierce.

Pierce started off slow and the Bombers have now turned to untested Justin Goltz who is 0-2 in his first starts with the team.

Buchko was asked last fall if he had addressed the quarterback issue with Mack.

"Yeah, I did (ask him)," said Buchko. "He said, ‘I’ll fix it.’"

It appears Mack’s inability to collect wins and put a legitimate starter in place at quarterback have finally caught up with him.

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